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The Presidential Commission on Academic Renewal (PCAR) is scheduled to submit its final report to President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., in early September.


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Deadline for Final PCAR Report Extended to September
Preliminary report to be submitted June 1
By Grace Virtue, Ph.D., executive communications manager/senior writer, Office of University Communications

The Presidential Commission on Academic Renewal (PCAR) is scheduled to submit its final report to President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., in early September, according to Chairman Alvin Thornton, Ph.D.

The commission, which was appointed in October 2009, is charged with evaluating undergraduate, graduate and professional programs weighed against six criteria: relevance to Howard University’s mission/vision, academic quality, research, academic centrality and necessity, enrollment and sustainability.

The commission is composed of four work groups chaired by members of the faculty: Kimberly Jones, Ph.D., College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences, chairs the undergraduate programs; Jules Harrell, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, chairs the graduate programs; Duane Smoot, M.D., College of Medicine, chairs the professional programs (Health Sciences); and Okianer Christian Dark, J.D., School of Law, chairs the professional programs (Non-Health Sciences). Eve Higginbotham, senior vice president and executive dean for Health Sciences, serves as vice-chair of the commission.

Thornton said the commission has made substantial progress developing and implementing the protocol for the assessment of each of the University’s undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. He said PCAR will submit a preliminary report to President Ribeau on June 1, 2010.

“President Ribeau approved PCAR’s request for an extension of the date for the submission of its final report to September 9 to give the commission additional time to finalize its recommendations and vet them with the University community,” Thornton added.

The commission held a retreat on May 19-20, at the Hotel Palomar in Washington, D.C., to receive and discuss preliminary assessments from its work groups.  In addition, the commission has just released a series of videos aimed at informing faculty, students, staff, alumni and others about the process and work of the commission. The videos are available at http://www.howard.edu/president under “Presidential Initiatives, Commission on Academic Renewal.” Comments can be sent by e-mail to PCAR.comments@gmail.com.

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